Representatives of 31 countries participated in 9thInternational Public Health Management Development Program conducted by PGIMER Chandigarh
Chandigarh : 12 July 2021 : Department of Community Medicine and School of Public Health, PGIMER, Chandigarh raised the curtain of ‘first of its kind in global health sector’ 5-day9thE- International Public Health Management Development Program (IPHMDP) in support with Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation Program under the Ministry of External Affairs, Govt. of India from 12th July to 16th July, 2021through an online platform (Zoom).
‘Every year the program was conducted physically where participants from across the globe visit the host country (India) to attend the program. Even in the pandemic era when such physical meetings were prohibited, we managed to organize the program virtually after the grand success of previous programs. The program was conceptualized in the year 2016 and had trained over 500 participants from over 70 countries and almost all states of India since then’, Professor Sonu Goel, Program Director and Professor of Health Management, PGIMER, said during the virtual inaugural ceremony.
A total of 117 senior level participants from 33 countries namely Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Ecuador, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gambia,Guyana, Iran, Jordan, Madagascar, Maldives, Mauritius, Morocco, Myanmar, Nicaragua, Oman, Panama, Philippines, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, St. Kitts & Nevis, Suriname, Thailand, Tunisia, Ukraine, Zambiahave registered for this program.This program aims to enhance the skills and competencies of middle and senior level program managers for addressing public health challenges and strengthening the efficiency of organizations in resource constrained settings.
Dr. Khali fElmusharaf, Director of Public Health, Masters Program, University of Limerick appreciated the program and congratulated the organizing team for managing to conduct such a skillful program. He believed this program is timely needed as there is a huge gap between leadership and management in public health professionals worldwide. He reiterated the program’s importance which will help the public health professionals to climb the management ladder and to take their career to greater positions.
Maj Gen (Prof) AtulKotwal SM, VSM (Executive Director, NHSRC), praised the Ministry for choosing PGIMER as the organizing institute for such an important program. He expressed that as the health system is evolving and getting more complicated, such programs act as a boon which enables the public health professionals to understand the building blocks of public health management, he added.
Further Dr. Sanjiv Kumar, Chairperson, Indian Academy of Public Health, New Delhi, shared his immense gratitude to be a part of this program for 5 years and appreciated the PGIMER for showcasing the improved version of the program. He said that the program is one of its kinds as it brings a unique style of teaching including case studies and exercises which ultimately help participants learn different strategies to address public health problems in respective countries.
Dr.PreethiPradhan, Dean, Chitkara School of Health Sciences, Punjab and Dr. Manjhushree Sharma, Assistant Professor, UIAMS, Panjab University also conveyed their warm greetings to the participants and faculty members. Also, they praised the efforts of the organizing team for the conduction of the program. The first day had sessions on Understanding Health Systems By Dr.SonuGoel, UHCs and SDGs in HSS by Dr. ChandrakantLahariya from World Health Organization,Introduction to Public Health Management and status of public health management in globe and India by Dr. PreethiJohn, Dean, Chitkara School of Health Sciences, Punjab and. Dr. Sanjay Zodpey, Vice President – Academics, Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI), New Delhi respectively..